After a week of non-stop media stories, Obama administration “Public Health Emergencies” , moronic pronouncements by Joe “Pestilence” Biden and UN World Health Organization antics over H1N1 flu, the bumper crop of what they have sown is being harvested.
After a week of headlines about the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, many emergency rooms and hospitals are crammed with people, many of whom don’t need to be there.
The visits by the “worried well” have triggered concerns of overburdening the nation’s hospitals and emergency departments, several health care professionals told CNN.
This week, some hospitals saw record numbers of patients. A few emergency departments shut down to paramedics because of overcrowding.
“We have had a lot of nervous patients with minimal respiratory tract symptoms,” said Dr. Mark Bell, principal of Emergent Medical Associates, which operates 18 emergency departments in Southern California. “It has caused significant amount of delays in emergency care. They’re all walking well.”
“I haven’t seen such a panic among communities perhaps ever,” Bell said. “We are spending significant time in the emergency department, calming people down. Right now, people think if they have a cough or a cold, they’re going to die. That’s a scary, frightening place to be in. I wish that this hysteria had not occurred and that we had tempered a little bit of our opinions and thoughts and fears in the media. It just went haywire.”
In California, triage tents were set outside. Clinics doubled their traffic in major cities like Dallas, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois. In the Los Angeles area, some Emergent Medical Associates locations shut down their paramedic traffic.
Meanwhile, Mexico has, rather sheepishly (rather than swinishly) has cut the number of people it claimed had been killed by the H1N1 virus from 176 to 101.
The last time the pandemic racket geared itself up to full tilt was for SARS.
Which killed 775 worldwide.
This time it appears to be 101 + 1 “American” death – who was from Mexico.
The real problem with this officially sanctioned, orchestrated hysteria will be if a real pandemic emerges.
Read the Boy Who Cried Wolf if you don’t understand.